MILPITAS, Calif., March 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Linear Technology Corporation (Nasdaq: LLTC), a leading manufacturer and supplier of patented high-performance analog integrated circuits, announced today that the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has instituted an investigation into whether Advanced Analogic Technologies (AnalogicTech) is violating Section 337 of the U.S. Tariff Act. The ITC investigations stems from a complaint filed by Linear on February 17, 2006, with the ITC asserting that AnalogicTech's power management ICs infringe various claims of Linear's U.S. Patent Nos. 6,411,531 and 6,580,258. "We are gratified that the ITC has ordered an investigation into AATI's activities. We are confident that the ITC will conclude that AnalogicTech has infringed Linear Technology's intellectual property," stated John England Jr., counsel for Linear. If the ITC determines that AnalogicTech's power management ICs infringe Linear Technology's patents and the products are being imported into the United States, the ITC may order that such products be completely excluded from the U.S. market. The ITC can also impose civil penalties of up to $100,000 (U.S.) per day in the event that AnalogicTech does not comply with its orders. The ITC is an independent, nonpartisan, quasi-judicial federal agency that provides trade expertise to both the legislative and executive branches of government, determines the impact of imports on U.S. industries, and directs actions against certain unfair trade practices, such as patent, trademark and copyright infringement and other illegal acts of importation. About Linear Technology Linear Technology Corporation, a manufacturer of high performance linear integrated circuits, was founded in 1981, became a public company in 1986 and joined the S&P 500 index of major public companies in 2000. Linear Technology products include high performance amplifiers, comparators, voltage references, monolithic filters, linear regulators, DC-DC converters, battery chargers, data converters, communications interface circuits, RF signal conditioning circuits, and many other analog functions. Applications for Linear Technology's high performance circuits include telecommunications, cellular telephones, networking products such as optical switches, notebook and desktop computers, computer peripherals, video/multimedia, industrial instrumentation, security monitoring devices, high-end consumer products such as digital cameras and MP3 players, complex medical devices, automotive electronics, factory automation, process control, and military and space systems. For more information, visit http://www.linear.com/ . This news release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of federal securities regulations. These forward-looking statements include future events in the litigation announced. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including those described from time to time in Linear Technology's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. In particular, litigation involves risks and uncertainties of duration, cost, and outcome. Linear Technology assumes no obligation to update this forward-looking information.
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